The Dell Latitude reality check
ubuntu at kitterman.com
Thu Feb 17 03:03:48 UTC 2011
On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 08:45:01 pm Patrick Goetz wrote:
> On 2/16/2011 4:07 PM, Paul Smith wrote:
> > The problem is with the licensing of the _proprietary driver_. These
> > drivers typically allow no-charge download directly from the vendor
> > website, but the license includes terms that make REDISTRIBUTION illegal
> > (without permission).
> If that's the case, then the solution is option A: provide the user with
> upfront information on the issue with this driver and how to obtain the
> driver and then provide some mechanism (think Windows XP here) to vector
> the driver into the install using a USB stick or some such device.
> Not only will this provide a much better user experience, but it creates
> consumer awareness of these driver issues. And who knows how many of
> these first time installers will get irritated enough to contact the
> hardware vendor and complain? in essence, a free opportunity to apply
> pressure to vendors to provide open source or at least freely
> distributable linux drivers.
It's not the case. We have broadcom drivers in restricted on at least some
ISOs. The issue is the lack of U/I to make driver install and wireless setup
easy in the context of the installer. Some of this work was planned for
Maverick, but didn't get done due to lack of resources.
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